Beasley’s journey to 100 USMNT caps in pictures

DaMarcus Beasley

Photos by ISIPhotos.com

By IVES GALARCEP

CLEVELAND- A dozen years after making his U.S. Men’s National Team debut as an 18-year old, DaMarcus Beasley will make his 100th national team appearance tonight when the U.S. faces Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Beasley’s journey to 100 caps has taken him to three World Cups, and seen him on multiple Gold Cup-winning squads. We have watched him grow from budding MLS-based teenager to trophy-winning European-based player, to revitalized veteran in Mexico.

Here is a look back at Beasley’s journey to 100 caps in pictures (photos by ISI Photos):

2002 World Cup (vs. South Korea)

DaMarcus Beasley

2003 (vs. Argentina)

DaMarcus Beasley

2004 (vs. El Salvador)

DaMarcus Beasley

2005 (Gold Cup Final)

DaMarcus Beasley

2006 (vs. Latvia)

Viktors Morozs, DaMarcus Beasley

2006 (vs. Czech Republic)

DaMarcus Beasley, Marek Jandulovski

2006 (World Cup vs. Ghana)

DaMarcus Beasley, John Pantsil

2007 Gold Cup Final

Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley

2008 (vs. Argentina)

Lionel Messi, DaMarcus Beasley

2010 (vs. Netherlands)

DaMarcus Beasley

2011 (vs. Honduras)

DaMarcus Beasley

2012 (vs. Mexico)

DaMarcus Beasley, Jesus Zavala

2013 (vs. Costa Rica)

DaMarcus Beasley

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What is your favorite memory of Beasley in a U.S. Men’s National Team uniform? What do you consider his best game?

Share your thoughts below.

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48 Responses to Beasley’s journey to 100 USMNT caps in pictures

  1. HoboMike says:

    The 2006 red unis were sick. Why don’t I remember those??

    • Falls City Outlaw says:

      Agreed. Very nice!

    • kelso says:

      Is he wearing two of them in that picture???

      • jonk says:

        I was wondering the same thing. Definitely got a double sleeve collar thing happening.

      • chal says:

        Those were the Don’t Tread on Me uniforms, which were only worn for one game in the send off series (and then in a lot of other nike gear), and every player wore two jerseys. At the completion of the match they took the top ones off and threw them into the crowd.

    • AJ says:

      I believe they only wore them once or twice for the warm up to the World Cup series.

    • jonk says:

      Every once in a while one will show up on eBay and go for big money. Thought I was gonna get one right before the Snow Bowl but it the bidding got too rich for my blood.

    • Hoops Malone says:

      I’m not disagreeing that the jerseys were pretty sweet, but there are many reasons why 2006 is a year to forget.

      • beto says:

        +1 all three of the 2006 jerseys were pretty cool.. too bad that was such a WC flop

    • Kev says:

      Yea, they wore those for one game, I believe. I was actually at that game in Hartford, CT. It was the last game before the ’06 WC.

      interesting fact below about wearing two during the game. No wonder they looked sluggish! :) I remember McBride scoring a header for a 1-0 win.

    • Steve says:

      They only wore that kit once I believe. In a WC warm-up game. I also think that was the game Michael Bradley earned his first cap.

    • Joamiq says:

      Our best kit of all time, IMO

  2. Big Chil says:

    Caption contest!

    • SilverRey says:

      Not a caption, but I’m pretty sure he’s limping in every single one of those photos….

  3. Brad says:

    Beas put in that sick cross to duece against ghana, in germany. That was the first thing that came to mind. What a warrior.

  4. Jeff says:

    I remember the 2006 World Cup game vs Italy where he had apparently scored the go ahead goal late but they called it off as McBride, who had really had nothing to do with the play, was judged offside. Always wondered how a 2-1 win would have been rather than the 1-1 tie against the eventual champs.

    • Shane says:

      That same corrupt ref (according to his own football association) then screwed us in the Confed Cup by red carding Bradley.

    • Jacknut says:

      McBride was screening Buffon on the play. He was clearly offside and in the play. As much as I hate to say it, it was the right call.

  5. hirtme says:

    What comes to mind first is how terrible his first touch got in 2009. It’s amazing he found his game again in Mexico. Second thing that comes to mind is cross in WC versus Ghana and then his goal off the short corner versus Mexico in C-Bus. Honestly, I can’t think of another time the USMNT has scored a short corner.

  6. Rector & Carlisle says:

    All credit to RUN DMB for not giving up and making it all the way back, truly earning his 100th cap.

    But the one picture I still cannot get out of my head -as much as I wish I could- would be titled “2009 (vs. Brazil)”.

  7. sandtrout says:

    I’ve come to love Beasley again after despairing about him those couple of really bad years. But I could never stand his posture on the field. He stands too straight. Other short players are sturdy because they’re so low to the ground, but Beasley is so easily brushed aside in part because he’s too upright.

    • USDTorero says:

      Very insightful. +1

      I always thought he was brushed aside easily because he’s 5’8″ and weighs 140 lbs but your posture theory makes way more sense.

  8. Dan M says:

    I just saw him play in the “Snow Bowl” at Denver. Was very happy to see him live after following him for all these years. Happy Klinsi is giving him some love too. He deserves it. I hope that he is not being over-utilized at left back.

  9. Rags in DC says:

    Him and Landon giving Portugal fits in the WC. That’s my first memory. He was flying up and down the wing, and drew foul after foul. Then the Mexico match against Columbus Dos A Cero. Finally, when he came on as a sub to hold the lead in a WC qualifier in Central America. He was such a calm presence when he was fit and playing. Glad he’s back. Classy player. I’ve always been a big fan.

  10. bryan says:

    im happy for him, he deserves it. also, we can’t bring back the old crest. it’s just awful. and i LOVE the snake on the sleeve of the 2006 jersey. too big, but i LOVE the idea of having that on the jersey. even though i hate Philly, i always loved that they had that.

  11. jonk says:

    It was mentioned above, but my favorite memory is definitely the short corner goal to make it 2-0 against Mexico in 2005 that sealed qualification for the WC.

  12. KP says:

    what’s up with his left eye in the 2005 Gold Cup Final picture? does DMB have a lazy eye?

  13. Old School says:

    As impressive of a career he’s had (and continues to), the most impressive thing I’ll remember about Beasley?

    His ability to lift and hold the Gold Cup Trophy in 2005. That trophy is as tall as Beasley and probably outweighs him by at least 75 lbs.

    • Nate says:

      AT LEAST.

    • beto says:

      HAHA +1 i was going to post the same thing.. stupid concacaf made the Gold Cup trophy bigger than DMB..

      good thing that el salvador, panama and guatemala never win that trophy; it would take a few of those guys to pick it up.

    • GW says:

      Do you suppose they hollow those trophies out?

      Maybe they make a lightweight plastic one for show and the real metal one goes to the winners later.

      .

  14. DCDeacon says:

    Favorite Beasley moment is probably the goal against Mexico in Columbus in 2005. Short corner where he hit the curling shot and had the great celebration with some sweet jukes of his teammates. #dosacero

    • biff says:

      Well, here is the video. And just gotta say, if Klinsmann plays Beasley again at left back it will be a travesty of justice and just one more indication that Klinsmann sometimes is clueless. Sorry, but on this historic day (100 games), just had to get that off my chest.

      link to youtube.com

      • Lost in Space says:

        Who would you have JK play at LB today if not Beasley? Both Johnson and Castillo are out of the picture (I believe) due to club committments and since Ashe bowed out due to injury we have no other LB’s to field.

      • GW says:

        “Sorry, but on this historic day (100 games), just had to get that off my chest.”

        As many times as you have gotten it off your chest the past few however long it has been, it must really weigh on you.

        Then again since Chandler has been hurt it must be a slow couple of weeks for you.

      • bryan says:

        well, Beasley IS starting at LB…lol

      • Good Jeremy says:

        ugh. Mexico plays dirtier than I remembered. I keep telling myself that it is just a different playing style until I see that.

        • Old School says:

          Indeed.

          Which confuses the hell out of me when people justify “cheering for CONCACAF” when Mexico are playing in a tournament.

          No.way.in.hell.

  15. Mike V says:

    My soon to be born son will have the middle name of Beasley. DMB has long been my favorite player. I bumped into him in a Miami restaurant and he was nothing but class and a gentlemen to my wife and nieces. That just reconfirmed he was my favorite. And no, I wasn’t the one who actually thought of the middle name — that idea belongs to my wife! She’s that awesome! I am proud to see DMB reach 100 caps but selfishly, I wish it were Saturday against Germany, when I will be in attendance.

  16. A.S. says:

    Favorite memory is of he and Donovan running … and running … and running against Portugal in 2002. It was the epitome of what US soccer used to be.

    Sadly, what I remember most about Beasley’s career so far is the giveaway against Brazil in the 2009 Confed Cup.

  17. GW says:

    I always hated to see DMB. His first touch was terrible and his ball control seemingly non existent, Yet he always seemed to find a way to make it work when it really mattered.

    A very frustrating player to watch, I can think of few US players that I have wanted to strangle more for being such a turnover machine and killing so many promising offensive moves over the years. Then he moved to PSV and had that magical run. He was really quite different after that. However, he had some injuries and it seemed like they took his speed. But maybe they just made him a smarter player. Puebla really seems to have revitalized him.

    I’m glad he is playing left back for the US because I doubt he can cut it full time on the wing and in midfield at the international level anymore. Left back gives him a chance to pick his spots more. .

  18. Good Jeremy says:

    Favorite memory was watching him running wild against Portugal at 4:00AM in 2002. The announcers were in disbelief.

  19. beto says:

    congratz DMB100, so happy to see him playing well again.

    i didn’t realize that Dempsey will probably reach 100 sometime later this year. Howard possibly around the time of the world cup and most amazingly Michael Bradley is only 25 away, maybe 2 years (a couple years before he is 30!). Hopefully Steve Cherundolo can make it back for 13 more games too. The most impressive numerical benchmark that will occur will be when Landon Donovan returns (1) and scores (1) and assits (2) and reaches 150 caps, 50 goals, 50 assists; the USMNT Triple Crown

    US History in the making.

  20. zztoppppp says:

    I really like this feature.

    Gotta say though, some of those old jerseys were pretty terrible.

  21. Joamiq says:

    Always been a favorite of mine. Glad to have him back in the side.

  22. Hoops Malone says:

    His boots from the 2003 picture are classic.